Whenever you are feeling low, K-dramas are always there to light your mood up. There is no such motivation as binge-watching you're favorite K-drama. It becomes much more soothing if the drama you're watching has a happy ever after.
Top 25 K-dramas that'll lift your spirits for sure
1. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo (2016)
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo is a sports drama, inspired by the life of the Olympic gold medalist Jang Mi-Ran. It starred Lee Sung-Kyung in the title role with Nam Joo-Hyuk.
Kim Bok-Joo, a young woman chasing her dream of weightlifting on an athlete college campus, develops a crush on her friend Jung Joon Hyung's, older brother, Jung Jae-Yi.
At first, Joon Hyung teased her and followed her act. He even helped her, but soon finds himself falling in love with her.
The story is about young college athletes who are fighting for their dreams, experiencing finding love in the process, and growing every step of the way.
2. What's Wrong With Secretary Kim (2018)
Based on the novel of the same title by Jung Kyung- Yoon which was first published in 2013.
The series aired on tvN from June 6 to July 26, 2018, on Wednesdays and Thursdays for 16 episodes.
Lee Young-Joon (Park Seo Joon) is the vice-chairman of a major corporation. His world is shaken when, one day, his highly capable secretary, Kim Mi-So, announces that she will resign from her position.
Yoong-Joon then decided to do everything to keep her from resigning. Their time together makes them learn about their past traumas which turned out to be the same. Kim Mi-So falls in love with Lee Young-Joon as they heal each other.
3. Touch Your Heart (2019)
Touch Your Heart is a 2019 released drama starring Yoo In-na along with Lee Dong-Wook.
Top Actress Oh Jin-Shim, who goes by the stage name Oh Yoon-Seo, has a scandal that damages her career, leaving her jobless for two years.
In order to get a role in a major upcoming television series, she agrees to get experience at a law firm, working as a secretary to a lawyer named Kwon Jung-Rok. Eventually, they fall in love.
4. Strong Girl Do Bong-Soon (2017)
Do Bong Soon is born with supernatural abilities. She has superhuman strength.
This strength of hers is hereditary and is being passed on to the women of her family from generations.
This ability of hers makes her special from other people. Bong-soon especially pretends to be a delicate and elegant woman, which is the ideal type of her crush, In Guk Doo.
Guk-Doo is a police officer and is often spotted helping Bong-Soon whenever she is in need. Both of them were friends since high school and even lived in the same place.
Bong-soon liked Guk-Doo since she was in high school but never confessed her feelings for him. Even though Bong-soon was an adult, she had no stable job.
Thanks to her strength, she got a job as a bodyguard of rich heir Ahn Min-Hyuk, the CEO of a gaming company named Ainsoft.
In comparison to Guk-Doo, Min-Huk is a very cheerful and carefree man. This is where the story of the puppy couple starts.
5. She Was Pretty (2015)
A romantic comedy, based on a true story, about two acquaintances who meet again after they've gone through a reversal of fortunes and appearances.
It is set in the backdrop of a fashion magazine's publishing office. Park Seo Joon alongside Hwang Jung-Eum, shines extraordinarily throughout the drams.
They had perfect chemistry on-screen and both of them were perfect for the roles. The drama itself won many awards and even the main cast was awarded several times.
6. It's Okay To Not be Okay (2020)
Moon Gang-Tae lived with his older brother Moon Sang-Tae, who was suffering from autism.
Growing up both of them lived a difficult life. Their father died when both of them were very young and their mother was murdered.
Sang-Tae was the sole witness of his mother’s murder from where his fear of butterflies manifested. This fear forced Gang-Tae to move from city to city in order to prevent his brother from experiencing nightmares.
Gang-Tae worked as a caregiver in psychiatric hospitals at every place they settled. While working in the hospital, he met Ko Moon-Young, who had ASPD(Antisocial Personality Disorder).
Moon-Young was suffering since she was a kid as her mother treated her like property. When she met Gang Tae, she got infatuated with him.
As the story moved forward, both of them fall in love with each other and healed as time went by.
7. Doom At Your Service (2021)
Starring Park Bo-Young, and Seo In-Guk as the main leads, ad Lee Soo-Hyuk, Kang Tae-Ho, and Shin Do-Hyun as the second leads, this drama has been eye candy since it is released.
The drama revolves around Tak Dong-Kyung, who has been working hard ever since her parents passed away.
Her life seemed more stable after working as a web novel editor for the past six years, but then she gets diagnosed with brain cancer.
She blames her unlucky life and wishes to curse everything to disappear, which unintentionally calls Myul Mang a messenger between humans and gods, to appear.
He says that he can grant her one wish before dying. As her last hope, she makes a contract with Myul Mang for a hundred days to live how she wants, risking her everything.
8. Itaewon Class (2020)
Itaewon Class is based on the webtoon of the same name, it is the first series to be produced by the Film Distribution Company Snowbox.
The series revolved around Park sae Ro-Yi. Due to an accident, which killed his father, Park Sae Ro-Yi attempted to kill Jang Geun-Won, the son of the Jangga Group's founder.
Sae Ro-Yi is jailed and the woman he loved was offered a scholarship by the Jangga Group.
After his release, Park Sae Ro-Yi opens Dambam in Itaewon. He wants to be successful and seek revenge. On this journey, he meets Jo Yi-Seo.
9. I'm Not A Robot (2017)
Kim Min-Yu, a wealthy shareholder of a financial company, is suffering from a "human allergy" that keeps him isolated and unable to undertake normal interactions with people.
His guarded life is thrown for a loop when he takes interest in an artificially intelligent robot Aji 3, modeled after its developer's ex-girlfriend.
In hopes of getting funded, Hong Baek-Gyun, Aji 3's inventor, presents his work to Min Kyu.
The robot malfunctions in the process and begs his ex-girlfriend, Jo Ji-Ah to momentarily take his place and be known to people.
10. Her Private Life (2019)
Sung De0k-Mi is a dedicated, professional gallery curator with a dark secret. She's the ultimate fangirl of White Ocean's Cha Shi-An.
She even manages a fan site for him. When dating rumor of her and Shi-An breaks out, Ryan Gold, a former artist and the new director of the gallery she works in suggests that they fake date to ride Deok Mi of Shi-An's rabid and jealous fans.
11. The King Eternal Great Monarch (2020)
The drama primarily alternates between two parallel universes, one featuring the Republic of Korea as it is in reality and the other featuring the Kingdom of Corea, which is very dissimilar to modern-day Korea.
The monarch of Corea is Lee Gon. When he was a young child, his jealous uncle killed his father.
Lee Gon was also on the verge of death when he was saved by a masked individual who left an ID card with the name "Jung Tae-eul" on it.
The Manpasikjeok, a renowned item that grants its owner the ability to travel between worlds and time, was the uncle's main objective.
It will henceforth be referred to as "the flute" in this review. The flute splits in half due to some fighting. One half is taken by the uncle in his escape, and Lee Gon gets the other.
Years later, Lee Gon visits the parallel universe in search of a savior. He runs into Jung Tae-eul, which kickstarts their romance.
Lee Gon also learns that his traitorous uncle is still alive and is evading capture in this alternate reality. The King starts looking for him in order to exact revenge.
12. True Beauty (2020)
Im Ju-Kyung is a senior in high school. She has struggled with her appearance ever since she was a young child.
Im Ju-Kyung always covers her bare face with makeup.
She is attractive thanks to her excellent makeup skills, and she covers her bare face in public. She develops relationships with Lee SooHo and Han Seo-Joon.
13. Fight For My Way (2017)
The story of Ko Dong-Man and Choi Ae-Ra is depicted in the drama. Ko Dong-Man participated in taekwondo during his time in school.
He now works as a contract worker to support himself and pursues the UFC championship.
Choi Ae-Ra abandoned her aspiration to become an announcer. She currently works at a department store's information counter.
14. Our Beloved Summer (2021)
Kook Yeon-Su and Choi Ung split up five years ago. They made a documentary in high school that becomes well-known.
They have to face the camera even though they don't want to.
Choi Ung comes across as naive and free-spirited, but he is seeking something in his life for the first time. He displays what he believes in his response to that.
Kook Yeon-Su wanted to be the best student at her school, but she has since grown up and learned to live fiercely in the face of reality.
15. Reply 1988 (2015)
A look back at the lives of five families and the five teenagers who lived in a small Seoul neighborhood in the late 1980s.
Even though life in the late 1980s may have been a little simpler and less technologically advanced, it was still difficult to get through a typical day.
16. Business Proposal (2022)
Kang Tae Moo made the decision to go on the blind dates arranged for him in order to please his grandfather and keep up his pattern of hard work.
Realizing that the first date would be the only way to avoid wasting time.
Shin Ha-ri, who had been persuaded by her best friend, who had pretended to be her friend on the blind date, is now trying to dupe everyone while also duping Kang.
17. Nevertheless (2021)
University student Park Jae-Eon is majoring in art. He appears to be friendly to everyone and is typically upbeat.
He is, however, genuinely indifferent to other people, and he is not interested in dating. He unexpectedly changes after falling in love with Yoo Na-Bi. Park Jae-Eon attends the same university as Yoo Na-Bi, an art student.
She previously split up with her first love because of his dishonest behavior. then made the decision to become unmoved by love. She later meets Park Jae-Eon and starts to fall in love with him.
18. Romance is a Bonus Book (2019)
Cha Eun-Ho is a brilliant writer and the organization's youngest chief editor in history. He is handsome and intelligent.
He has a kind heart and a reasonable personality, but he can be equally even-tempered at work.
Kang Dan-Yi was once a well-known copywriter, but she is no longer. She is currently jobless and broke.
Due to her impressive career and stellar educational background, she tries her best to find work but is unsuccessful.
Finally, by fabricating her background, Kang Dan-Yi is hired by a publishing house. The managing editor of that publishing house is Cha Eun-Ho.
They start to feel attracted to one another romantically.
19. Happiness (2021)
A high-rise apartment building has just been built in the big city in the not-too-distant future.
Residents of the apartment building come from a variety of backgrounds, but a new infectious disease emerges.
The high-rise apartment is sealed off due to the outbreak. The locals fight for survival while being gripped by fear and mistrust of others.
Han Hyo-Joo plays Yoon Sae-Bom, a member of a specialized police unit. She does not easily become rattled and is decisive and driven.
She can't wait to move into her new apartment, but as soon as she does, she runs into trouble.
A detective, Jung Yi-Hyun. He is honest and smart. He has harbored romantic feelings for Yoon Sae-Bom for a long time.
They both attended the same high school and graduated. In an effort to keep Yoon Sae-Bom and others safe, Jung Yi-Hyun fights.
Lieutenant colonel Han Tae-Seok is a member of the health service command. On the infectious disease outbreak, he is in control.
20. Soundtrack #1 (2022)
Photographer Han Sun-Woo is a beginner. He is a quiet man who nevertheless exudes kindness and warmth. Lee Eun-Soo and he are close friends.
For twenty years, they have had a close friendship. Lee Eun-Soo earns a living by writing lyrics in the meantime. She exudes a sincere and vivacious personality.
Han Sun-Woo and Lee Eun-Soo start living together at the same house for two weeks for a reason. They continue to be together, and their romance grows.
21. Extraordinary Attorney Woo (2022)
Woo Young-Woo has autism spectrum disorder and is also very intelligent. She never forgets what she sees, but she is lacking in empathy and social skills.
A big law firm hires Woo Young-Woo as a trainee attorney.
Although she encounters discrimination and irrationality while working there, she uses her own distinct perspective to solve cases and develops as a lawyer.
22. Love Alarm (2019)
The Joalarm mobile app is developed. The app's alarm will sound if someone likes you and is within 10 meters of you.
The app also displays the number of people who like you, but it doesn't identify any particular users.
Kim Jo-Jo is a senior in high school. She is attractive and clever. She appears to be a happy person, but her parents passed away when she was a young child.
Kim Jo-Jo has been residing with her aunt's family ever since her parents passed away. For Kim Jo-Jo, it's not easy to live there. The Joalarm app is not downloaded by her.
In the meantime, Kim Jo-Jo attends the same high school as Hwang Sun-Oh, a well-liked male student. Despite being the son of a wealthy family, his parents do not care for him.
Lee Hye-Young, his closest friend, is a student at the same high school. Lee Hye-Young, Hwang Sun-best Oh's friend, has expressed interest in Kim Jo-Jo. Hwang Sun-Oh kisses her to see if his friend really likes her.
23. Extraordinary You (2019)
Eun Dan-O attends a distinguished high school. Eun Dan-O has a heart condition despite her family's wealth.
She attends the same prestigious high school as her fiancé Baek Kyung. He doesn't like her at all, but she likes him a lot.
Eun Dan-O experiences short-term memory loss and is suddenly able to predict the future. Her symptoms cause her confusion.
Then, Jinmiche from the school cafeteria informs Eun Dan-O that she and everyone else there are characters in the comic book "Secret".
Eun Dan-O finds out that her character is an extra rather than a main character and that she doesn't have long to live.
Though shocked, Eun Dan-O decides that she wants to discover her own true first love rather than a fictional counterpart created by the comic book writer.
She trips and falls down the school stairs one day. Among a group of male students, she feels another student's back touch hers. Her heart begins to flutter suddenly.
Eun Dan-O is searching for the male student who captured her attention. She eventually locates the pupil, who is also a classmate.
He is a personality without a name. When they are close, Eun Dan-O addresses him as "Ha-Roo".
24. Forecasting Love and Weather (2022)
The four main characters and their close relationships with one another are the focus of the story. A promising employee at the Korea Meteorological Administration is Ha-Kyung.
She is about to receive a significant promotion, but there is a problem.
Her unscrupulous partner Ki-Jun, who she eventually witnesses having an affair, is to blame for this issue. And if that weren't bad enough, Yu-Jin is a coworker at the KMA.
To further complicate matters, Yu-Jin recently called it quits with KMA rookie employee Si-Woo, who joins Ha-Kyung's team. Ha-Kyung finds herself getting closer to Si-Woo as she expresses her emotions at work.
25. Hometown Cha Cha (2021)
A love story that takes place in the seaside town of Gongjin. Dentist Yoon Hye-Jin is employed. She is primarily a realist, but her life is affected by her rightfulness, a small but significant aspect of her mind.
She ultimately relocates to the coastal community of Gongjin.
Yoon Hye-Jin and Hong Du-Sik meet there. She starts to wonder about him. The locals refer to Hong Du-Sik as Chief Hong. He is a smart and attractive man.
Although he is unemployed in reality, he always seems to be busy. When someone needs assistance, Hong Du-Sik is the first to show up and offer assistance.
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